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Wis. governor signs bill to lure Bass Pro Shop

President Barack Obama receives an autographed Green Bay Packers Charles Woodson from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (middle) and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt upon his arrival in Green Bay on Jan. 26. Walker is trying to lure Bass Pro Shop to build on a wetland near Lambeau Field. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to help lure a Bass Pro Shop to a site near Lambeau Field.

Walker said the bill creates the opportunity for jobs in Green Bay while balancing environmental concerns.

The bill would allow Neenah-based car dealer John Bergstrom to fill in about an acre-and-a-half of wetland between U.S. Highway 41 and the Green Bay Packers’ stadium without a permit.

Environmentalists are challenging the development and argue that Bergstrom is getting special treatment.

Supporters say the development would create jobs and that there is a reasonable plan to deal with the wetlands.

A spokesman for Bass Pro Shop said last week the company had not committed to the project and would not build on a wetland.

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